The Lights are Back on at the Divine Lorraine

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The newly redeveloped Divine Lorraine sits at Broad & Fairmount

What was once an eyesore for the Philadelphia skyline, is now a high-class apartment building. A golden chandelier, impressive

columns, and a grand staircase are all housed at the Divine Lorraine. But the glitz and glamour wasn’t always the case at Broad and Fairmount.

Logan Rothman is the Assistant Property Manager at EB Realty, which is the company responsible for redeveloping the Lorraine to what it is today. He explained that “construction on this project started in late 2015 and it’s really come along. It looks a lot nicer and a lot better than what its original state was in.”

Now, the lights are on and the elevators are back up and running to house the hundreds of tenants that live in the building. Among those who live there is Kate O’Brien, a 2012 Temple graduate who has been adding her own spark to the Divine Lorraine and enjoys living in such a great building.

“If i had a soulmate for a building this would definitely be it”, she commented.

The Grand Staircase in the lobby of the Divine Lorraine

However, living in such an iconic building comes with a high price tag. Apartments start at $1300 per month and increase depending on the floor plan. But, with most of the building full and high praise for the redevelopment, calling the Divine your home is something impressive to say.

“I plan on staying here as long as I can,” said O’Brien.

For more history on the Divine Lorraine, you can visit its history page on their website.

National Museum of American Jewish History Opens Exhibit on Leonard Bernstein

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National Museum of American Jewish History at 5th & Market Street

People now have the opportunity to explore an exhibit about one of the most influential musical icons of the 20th century; and it’s right here in Philadelphia. The latest exhibit at the National Museum of American Jewish History entitled “Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music” features an interactive experience that reflects on the man behind the music. Since opening on Friday, March 16th, museum goers take a walk down history exploring real artifacts, documents, and instruments from Bernstein’s life.

“We are marking the centennial with a special exhibition that examines Leonard Bernstein’s life and work through a lens that is not being explored through other museums,” says Ivy Weingram, who spent a total of three years curating the exhibit.

The Power of Music is much more than a regular exhibit because visitors have the opportunity to learn about a man that not only had an influence on music and religion, but more importantly identity.

“The story that we’re telling in this exhibition is really about identity and the number of identity crises that Leonard Bernstein went through, and that people of every age and every generation continue to wrestle with,” says Weingram.

Bernstein’s Steinway & Sons Piano

Bernstein had many different roles throughout the course of his life, and teaching people was one of them.

“He was such a great communicator about music and about really promoting classical music for all Americans in a way,” says Boyer College of Music and Dance Chair of Keyboard Studies Dr. Charles Abramovic.

While it took quite some time to open, the exhibit will only be around until September 2nd before it travels to a number of cities.

For more information on Leonard Bernstein can be found at leonardberstein.com.

Students Travel to Unique City for Spring Break

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Some students are all set for a one-of-a-kind experience this spring break.

Starting March 1st, a select group of students will be flying out of the city to Arcosanti, Arizona. The trip is a ten-day Study Away program where students have a chance to immerse themselves in a unique urban lifestyle—all while earning three credits.

Director of Klein Global Opportunities at Arcosanti, Doctor Barry Vacker, explains the concept of the experimental town.

Arcosanti focuses on the concept of arcology–the blend of architecture and ecology.

“Arcosanti is a prototype for an ecologically grounded city,” he says. “It’s one hour north of Phoenix in the Sonoran Desert and its entire design and structure is based on ecological principals that merge architecture and ecology.”

In addition to learning about arcology—the blend of ecology and architecture—participants will come to understand how technology plays a role in environmental awareness.

“You get a new perspective about the literal world that you live in, how we’re all going to fit here with a growing population that just keeps getting bigger and bigger,” says past Arcosanti participant Gabrielle Verzella.

Another past participant, Greta Phillips, explains the lesson she learned on her trip.

“What I got out of it was that without the media and technology kind of conveying messages of how humans are rapidly contributing to changes in our planet, the public wouldn’t know about it,” says Phillips.

“You get a much bigger picture about where we are on earth and where we are in the universe because there’s starry skies every night,” says Dr. Vacker. “And it’s about altering your consciousness to get into a perspective that is not available inside the standard urban environment.”

For those interested in the Arcosanti program and other Study Away opportunities, more information can be found at the Global Opportunities office in Annenberg Hall, or on their website.

New Student-Athlete Lounge Funded by Private Donors

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Temple’s most recent addition to campus is located on the second floor of Pearson Hall. The new student-athlete lounge was unveiled in late January. The space includes nap pods, gaming consoles, big screen TVs, and unlimited coffee.

“The lounge has everything,” says sophomore football player Kenny Yeboah. “I mean places for us to sit down and relax after class, bunch of TVs, coffee, tea, just a place for us to come and relax. I feel like everybody gets what they deserve, like regular students get what they deserve, they have the TECH and other places to go to.”

While athletes are enjoying the lounge, some students have differing opinions.

Nap pods are one of the highly discussed aspects of the new lounge.

“Props to them, they’re doing something that I could never do,” says junior Kalie Onukiavage. “But they already get so much I feel like and it’s like, alright, well why couldn’t we just do a lounge for every student.”

Sophomore Michael Zingrone says, “It’s a nice little thing for, you know, for them to, you know, to get their little sleeps in the sleep pods, you know, do their thing, you know, mingle together as a team.”

“It would be super crowded if there was–if anybody could go into those lounges,” says sophomore Paul Burke. “But I think there should be somewhere for, you know, any other student to go as well.”

The lounge was funded via an undisclosed amount from an investment group known as the New York City Angels. Senior Associate Athletics Director Jeremy Wang explained how they received the funds.

“We’re fortunate enough that in athletics that we have this group that is interested in the welfare and the performance of our student athletes, and this really resonates with them,” says Wang.

The donors have contributed to projects over the last several years in hopes of enhancing the student athlete experience.

Restoration Near Complete on Philly’s Iconic LOVE Statue

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Courtesy of 2018 Morgan Art Foundation, Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; Materials Conservation LLC

Love is returning to the city of brotherly love just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Philadelphia’s historical “LOVE” statue will be back where it belongs after an extensive yearlong restoration process – and the alterations allowed the park where it was located to undergo modifications as well.

The statue itself, completed by Robert Indiana, is constructed of 830 pounds of aluminum that was placed in its location on loan for the 1976 U.S. bicentennial celebrations. It was repainted twice in its well-known red, green, and blue.

However, it was later mentioned by Mr. Indiana’s representatives that the blue sections of the statue should have actually been painted purple. The reason behind the color purple is for Philadelphia’s love to stand out from other cities around the world. Despite this, city officials viewed painting the statue any other color than its originals as disrespectful.

The city’s public art director, Margot Berg, told the New York Times, “I was astounded because no one here remembered it as anything but red, green, and blue. We didn’t have any photographs in the file of anything but red, green, and blue.”

Although, archived pictures from Temple University shed light that the original color actually was purple. Ms. Berg ended up deciding to use purple paint for the restoration.

“People are more interested than shocked,” Ms. Berg told the New York Times.

The statue is set to return to JFK Plaza, also known as LOVE Park, on February 13th.

Philadelphia Bomb Squad Disposes of Suspicious Packages Outside Engineering Building

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The Engineering Building was evacuated early Tuesday morning after two suspicious packages were found on the corner of 12th and Norris.

The Philadelphia Police Bomb Squad diffused a small wrapped package on a loading dock and another package inside a trash truck. 300 students and staff were evacuated from the building and no injuries were reported. The Philadelphia Police Bomb Squad gave declared the area safe at 10:30 a.m.

Watch above as the Philadelphia Police diffuse the situation.

Temple Update reached out to Charles Leone, executive director of campus security, for comment, but have yet to receive a call back.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

 

Stevie Wonder Performs in Center City for Hillary Clinton’s Campaign

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As early a 1:30 P.M. on Saturday, November 5th, both supporters of the Hillary Clinton Campaign and devoted fans of Stevie Wonder filled up Walnut Street in Center City Philadelphia. These individuals hoped to be one of the only 600 supporters and fans that would be allowed into the CODA venue. The event was one of the many “Get Out the Vote” or GOTV events in order to promote the Clinton campaign and also encourage society to vote.

Not only were 600 fortunate enough to get into the club, but special guests consisting of members of the Clinton campaign and former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter were in attendance. Nutter spoke before the performance explaining how Wonder has a “generosity of spirit” and is “a living musical and social genius.” Those in attendance were in for a delightful performance coupled with positive remarks regarding Clinton.

Before his performance, Wonder addressed his audience that he is “hoping that you will show out and show up on Tuesday and vote for Hillary Clinton.” Wonder also commented on Trump by referring back to his once popular reality TV show and explaining “that the reality is that after this is said and done he should go back and do the reality show and say it was fun.” Throughout his performance, Wonder incorporated Hillary Clinton’s name into his popular songs as a way to smoothly advocate who people should vote for. Seconds before the start of his first song Wonder commented “I’m here because I love you and I know that ultimately the end purpose for us all its to become a united people of the world.”

Wonder then went on to play his ever so popular and beautiful song, “You are the Sunshine of My Life.” This was then followed by his other hits consisting of “Signed, Sealed Delivered,” “Sir Duke,” “Higher Ground,” and “Don’t You Worry Bout a Thing.” Other events, such as Katy Perry’s performance at the Mann Center on Saturday, will be taking place across the city encouraging people to show up to the polls on Tuesday.